Chris Dobey won The Masters on Sunday night after beating two World Champions on the way to the final. That performance clinched the last of eight spots in the Premier League Darts line up. We’ve previewed the 17 week tournament and given you our suggested best bets. 

We will also have weekly articles previewing the matches from that game week, so keep visiting Betfred for your home of darts betting.

Premier League Darts Tips

  • Michael Smith to win – 10/3
  • Chris Dobey each way (1/3 2 places) – 25/1

History and Format

The Premier League is a weekly tournament played on Thursday nights between eight players invited by the PDC.

The tournament was launched in 2005 and has grown year by year, with the weekly events being played in front of huge sell out crowds in Arenas across the UK and Europe.

In total there are 17 weeks running from 2nd February in Belfast, through to the final in London on 25th May.

There have been three multiple winners of this event including Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwyn (both six times) and Gary Anderson (twice).

Only two previous winners line up this year, with MVG the 2/1 favourite and Jonny Clayton 10/1.

Line Up

Player PL Appearances Order of Merit Ranking Previous Best
Michael Smith 6 1 Runner-up (2018)
Peter Wright 10 2 Runner-up (2017)
Michael van Gerwyn 11 3 Winner (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)
Gerwyn Price 5 4 5th place
Jonny Clayton 3 7 Winner (2021)
Nathan Aspinall 3 9 Runner-up (2020)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 2 11 5th place
Chris Dobey 1 21 Debut

Venues and Dates

Night 1, Thursday February 2
The SSE Arena, Belfast

Night 2, Thursday February 9
Cardiff International Arena

Night 3, Thursday February 16
OVO Hydro, Glasgow

Night 4, Thursday February 23
3Arena, Dublin

Night 5, Thursday March 2
Westpoint Exeter

Night 6, Thursday March 9
The Brighton Centre

Night 7, Thursday March 16
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

Night 8, Thursday March 23
Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Night 9, March 30
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin

Night 10, April 6
Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Night 11, April 13
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Night 12, April 20
Rotterdam Ahoy

Night 13, April 27
First Direct Arena, Leeds

Night 14, May 4
AO Arena, Manchester

Night 15, May 11
Utilita Arena, Sheffield

Night 16, May 18
P&J Live, Aberdeen

Play-Offs Night, Thursday May 25
The O2, London

Prize Money

Stage Prize
Winner £275,000
Runner-up £125,000
Semi-final £85,000
5th place £75,000
6th place £70,000
7th place £65,000
8th place £60,000
Weekly winner £10,000
Total Prize Fund £1,000,000

Michael Smith to win – 10/3

What a year it’s been for Michael Smith.

Bully Boy finally got over the line with his first major win at the Grand Slam of Darts and then followed it up with a magnificent win over Michael van Gerwyn at the World Championships finals.

The St Helens native is rightly world number one and his power scoring and finishing, mean he should easily qualify for the top four here and make finals night.

From there, we move to a longer format which should suit the 32-year-old even more.

Chris Dobey each way (1/3 2 places) – 25/1

Another man who has had a superb year, Chris Dobey snuck into the Premier League with a brilliant win at the Masters last week.

The win was his first ranking title and it capped off a superb 12 months for the Bedlington resident, where he made the semi final at the European Championship and quarters at the World Grand Prix and World Champs.

Newcastle will be absolutely buzzing on the 23rd March when Dobey does his walk on and I think he can qualify for finals night here.

He beat two world champions in Michael Smith and Rob Cross at the Masters, showing just how good he can be.

*All prices correct at the time of writing.

 

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